LGBTQ+ Adoption FAQS: Can Same-Sex Couples Adopt in Colorado?

By Melissa Camacho

If you are a birth mother experiencing an unplanned pregnancy and considering an LGBTQ+ adoption, we can help you. Adoption Choices of Colorado is a diverse adoption agency that offers every adoptive family a chance to adopt a child. We understand there are stereotypes surrounding same-sex adoption. However, nothing will prevent you from choosing your adoption. Every birth mother has her own unique standards and preferences in selecting an adoptive family with CO adoption. Our private adoption Colorado agencies will provide you with the answers and resources to locate an LGBTQ+ adoption family. If you need adoption help now, please call or text us at 303-670-4673 (HOPE) or visit us at Adoption Choices of Colorado.

LGBTQ + Adoption FAQS

1. Do Same-Sex Couples have Petition Rights for a Joint Adoption in Colorado?

Same-sex couples have marriage rights as per The Colorado Civil Union Act. Petition rights to a joint adoption are given to married same-sex /LGBTQ+ couples. Therefore, if LGBTQ + couples are not married, then separate petitions are needed for each individual to adopt.

2. Why Would Same-Sex Couples or LGBTQ+ Single Parents be Open to Adoption?

LGBTQ+ adoptive families want to adopt a child for the same reasons single parents and a married male and female couple would. An LGBTQ+ adoptive family wants to raise a child with love and attention. One reason can be their willingness to create a bigger family. Another reason can be the inability to have children. Why not adopt a child? It can help them expand the loving nature of LGBTQ+ families by setting an example to the adoption community. Throughout time, more LGBTQ+ families will be more respected in society.

3. Do all LGBTQ+ Adoptive Families Go through Background Checks?

Yes, every single type of adoptive family in Colorado must go through a home study process. Therefore, This is an essential part of your adoption plan. A home study, as conducted by a caseworker, will ensure your child is placed in a safe and healthy home. The adoptive family will go through criminal background checks. In addition, the adoptive family will need to present legal documents, such as marriage and birth certificates. To ensure your child will be supported financially, monthly bills and statements will be reviewed. Face-to-face visits and interviews with the adoptive family will also be required to complete the home study process.

4. Will My Child Become Emotional Growing Up Without a Mother or Father If Adopted by LGBTQ+ Adoption?

There are pros and cons for a child growing up in an LGBTQ+ family. You are in control of creating an adoption plan that fits your values and interests. However, it is our job to make you aware of any disadvantages in your adoption options. For one, it can be hard for a child to not have a mother or father growing up. Your child may develop emotional distress due to parental absence. LGBTQ+ has been more accepted by society today. On the other hand, your child may grow up to be highly educated about different gender orientations. Children who grow up with LGBTQ+ parents learn about having empathy for others and embracing diversity.

5. How Can I Choose a Same-Sex Adoptive Family? 

Our adoption agencies in Colorado are very resourceful in helping you choose an adoptive family. Visit our waiting families page to view and navigate a list of LGBTQ+ adoptive family profiles. You can learn about their culture, lifestyles, educational background, and the type of home you would consider for your child. In addition, you can filter your search options by location, pets, number of household members, and oldest or newest waiting families. As you browse through, you will see family profile pictures with the names of potential adoptive parents. Furthermore, you can use the navigation icons in each profile to view their digital flipbooks and contact information.

6. How can I Keep in Touch with  My Child’s LGBTQ+ Adoptive Family When My Adoption is Complete?

After the adoption process is complete, an open adoption will provide limitless ways for you to get in contact with the LGBTQ + adoptive parents. You can maintain contact through phone calls, letters, social media, video chats, and family visits. There are no restrictions in place with choosing a semi-adoption or closed-adoption.

7. Will an LGBTQ+ Adoptive Family be Able to Provide for My Child?

To ensure your child will be supported financially and emotionally, a caseworker will plan a home study to investigate the LGBTQ+ adoptive family. This will include background checks, a review of financial statements, birth certificates, and marriage certificates. In addition, the caseworker will investigate the LGBTQ+ adoptive family’s home to ensure it’s a healthy environment for your child.

8. Can it be More Challenging to Choose a Same-Sex Adoption?

Birth mothers may find it more difficult to place a baby up for adoption with LGBTQ+ adoption. This can be due to a few reasons:

  • Your child may grow to experience discrimination from anti-LGBTQ+ individuals or groups
  • It can have an emotional impact on your child
  • At times, your child may feel isolated or discouraged from making friends with other kids

At Adoption Choices of Colorado, we strive to combat negativity against diversity. Even if these barriers are a possibility, LGBTQ+ adoption strengthens our adoption community because of their outstanding qualities. LGBTQ+ adoptive families teach children about love and respect for one another. Plus, Colorado has state laws that protect LGBTQ+ adoption. Reach out to our adoption agencies in Colorado to get counseling in weighing out your adoption options with LGBTQ+ adoption.

Adoption Choices of Colorado is an LGBTQ+ Friendly Adoption Agency 

Our private adoption Colorado agencies work with our birth mothers to increase LGBTQ+ adoption awareness. We keep the adoption love cycle going through the inclusiveness of every type of adoptive family. Every birth mother has a right to choose any suitable adoptive family to adopt her child. We join our birth mothers in making adoption evolve to solve unplanned pregnancy issues. If you are facing an unplanned pregnancy and want to learn more about your adoption options, contact Adoption Choices of Colorado by email, phone, or text: Email Us, Text us: 720-371-1099, Call us: 303-670-4673 (HOPE). If you are hoping to adopt, please contact us here.

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